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welcome to "world news." tonight, chaos in court. those 9/11 defendants defiant before the judge. all of it as anguished families looked on. >> i want to see the people that killed my sister face-to-face. breaking news. an fbi alert late today that a mother and her three girls kidnapped all in extreme danger. tonight, hear what we have just learned. your voice, your vote. the president loses the tie and tightens his aim, kicking off his campaign. today, you be the judge of the case he's now making. and who was the first lady trying to reach? the homecoming in question tonight after those 48 animal wrls let loose and then shot and killed. the survivors are now allowed home. and moonstruck. so many movies with the moon in the starring role.
>> i never seen a moon like that before. >> the real-life role playing out tonight. good evening. we begin this saturday night with drama and defiance inside that military courtroom in guantanamo bay. after so many years, five 9/11 defendants, including the so-called mastermind, khalid shaikh mohammed, appearing before a u.s. judge. a group of americans, relatives of 9/11 victims, traveling from the states to watch the long awaited arraignment unfold. 2,976 counts of murder. but just minutes in, those defendants turned a somber moment into a circus. and that's where we start off tonight with abc's t.j. winick. >> reporter: even with their lives on the line, the bearded defendants, dressed in white tunics, refused to cooperate from the get-go, launching a kind of silent protest. defense lawyers argued their anger was over alleged torture during the past eight years. >> i think it would be difficult
for a military judge to grant a mistrial in this case when the accused all have the ability to actually participate in the proceedings but yet they're choosing not to. >> reporter: defendant waleed bin attash was brought into the courtroom in a restraint chair. eventually it was removed. though only after he agreed to behave. at one point, two of the men got up and prayed. at another, the men pulled out their ear pieces, refusing to listen to the proceedings translated into arabic. still, judge james pohl, an army kerm, colonel, pushed forward. one cats no of not choose to frustrate and interrupt the normal course of business, he told them. >> the fiasco or the circus that's taking place at guantanamo, it just emphasizes that they don't need to have a platform. >> reporter: there were four east coast military bases where victims' families and 9/11 survivors could watch the hearing on closed circuit tv. six families chosen by lottery were in guantanamo to see it in person. >> i want to see the people that
killed my sister face-to-face. that's what you do in america. you know, you face your fight. that's what we do. you know, we bring people to justice. >> reporter: michelle hidenburger was the senior flight attendant aboard flight 77 on 9/11 when it was hijacked and crashed into the pentagon. her widower maintains ksm hasn't earned the right to a trial, be it guantanamo or in the u.s. >> he should not be treated as a common criminal or a felon. the whole thing is rather saddening because we are now the laughingstock of the free world in the way we deal with either a terrorist or war criminals. >> prosecutors say they could be ready to begin a trial on august 1st of this year. but the defense teams have requested a year delay. and late today, through their attorneys, all five defendants deferred entering a plea.
david. >> t.j. winick leading us off tonight. thank you. late developments in the case of a mother and her daughters all kidnapped. late today, law enforcement saying two bodies have been found. with the latest, here's tonya rivero. >> reporter: the search intensifies tonight for joanne bain and her three daughters missing for over a week and now believed to be in extreme danger. the fbi has taken charge of the search, which now spans several states, and amber alerts were issued this morning. police are looking for this man, 35-year-old adam christopher mayes, described as a family friend, they say he is armed and wanted for kidnapping. law enforcement experts say finding the girls quickly is crucial. >> kidnapping by itself is a violent act and a desperate act. when people are desperate, they do desperate things. and that is when harm can come to people. i have grave concern about their well being. >> reporter: bain and her daughters, 14-year-old adrienne, 12-year-old alexandra
and 8-year-old kyliyah, disappeared last friday morning from their whiteville home. her abandoned suv found sunday, less than three miles from her home. the same day investigators say they spoke to mayes and he gave them misleading information. he hasn't been seen since last tuesday in guntown, mississippi. more about those two bodies. the fbi found them in residences that were searched in mississippi. they're not yet releasing the identities. but, david, this does appear to be a tragic turn in the case. >> so a mother, three daughters, and now two people, two bodies have been found. the identities still coming. tonya, thank you on the breaking news tonight. now to the race for president. your voice, your vote. though it feels like this race has been going on for months now, tonight, here a turning point. president obama officially kicking off his re-election campaign in ohio. trying to recapture some of the magic and momentum of '08. just how important is ohio? this number we discovered today. in 25 of the last 27 presidential elections, the candidate who won ohio won the white house. here's david kerley.
>> reporter: bounding off air force one in ohio, the president was apparently so fired up and ready to go he forgot something, doubling back for one of his strongest weapons, the first lady, with a knowing smile of his misstep. >> president barack obama! >> reporter: it's the first official campaign rally but the themes are familiar. >> this is not just another election. this is a make or break moment for the middle class, and we've been through too much to turn back now. >> reporter: the president has refrained from naming his presumed opponent -- until today. >> governor romney doesn't seem to get that. >> reporter: while trying to frame differences. >> i don't care how many ways you try to explain it. corporations aren't people. people are people. >> reporter: mr. obama called romney "a rubber stamp of failed republican policies." >> ohio, i'm here to say that we were there, we remember, and we are not going back. we are moving this country forward! >> reporter: for this kickoff,
the obama campaign picked college campuses, targeting young voters and women. >> it's been a rough four years. i think it's looking up now. >> i can't imagine if romney would get in, he would take us -- especially the women -- back to the 1930s. >> reporter: the president is reaching back for some of that energy four years ago. >> if people ask you what this campaign is about, you tell them it's still about hope. you tell them it's still about change. we will finish what we started. we are still fired up! we are still ready to go! >> reporter: the president has just wrapped up his second full throated defense of his record. this time, at a college campus in richmond, virginia. the first lady and the president are said to be very pleased with the official start of this campaign. david. >> david kerley tonight, david, thank you. the president not surprisingly kicking off his campaign in the states where the presidency is so often decided. ohio and virginia among those
battleground states that are so crucial. tonight, here, a look at where things stand. right now, it is a horse race. look at the latest pollingp in ohio, the president leads mitt romney 44-42. virginia, the president leading romney 51-44. throw in florida, another crucial state, and romney is leading 44-43. so for the big picture tonight, i want to bring in our senior white house correspondent jake tapper. we were talking just earlier today about how much you and i are going to be spending out on the campaign trail. these battleground states always play a role. how crucial this year? >> very crucial, david. you and i are going to spend a lot of time in ohio and florida. two things to keep an eye out for. one is the state by state unemployment numbers. you see president obama in the lead in ohio. that's because unemployment is going down in ohio. the other issue of course, president obama spending a lot of time talking about issue, of importance to women voters. that's to focus on those women in swing areas of swing states such as shaker height, ohio, northern virginia, the suburbs of philadelphia, the middle of florida.
what's called the i-4 corridor. they're ephhoping even women vos who are ambivalent about the economy will be swayed by some issues they talk about on the trail. >> not surprisingly, the first lady traveling with the president today. a sign of things to come for this team? >> that's right, and her introduction of the president was a reminder to voters of how empathetic the president is, her husband, how much they can identify with his personal life story. these women, michelle obama and ann romney, will play a huge role in humanizing their husbands and we saw some of that today. we're going to see a lot more in the next six months. >> all right, jake, as always, thanks to you. first thing in the morn, jake will be hosting "this week. th kw his guests, senator john mccain and top obama campaign adviser david axelrod. our ongoing look at where to find jobs in america. last night we reported open those new numbers. more than 100,000 new jobs created in this country last month. not as many as economists hoped
for. chris bury from the heartland. where he found the help wanted sign. the salaries? here's what chris found. >> reporter: at this indiana job fair, first in line, lonnetta smith, like hundreds of others, looking for a job, any job, in a field as old as our frontier, working on the railroad. >> i'm built for the railroad. look at me. >> reporter: here, cn railroad is hanging out the "help wanted" sigh. and nationwide, railroads are hiring 15,000 new workers this year. workers like alphonso bounds, just hired. >> for a guy like me, who was out of work for two years, this is a fresh start for me and my family. >> reporter: in one strong sign for the economy, freight railroads are picking up steam. on track for their best year since 2008. but the workforce is aging. how long have you been on the railroad? >> 43 years and counting. >> reporter: like john pisut, one in three railroaders will retire in the next five years,
creating a rare opportunity. >> these are jobs that are not going to be out-sourced and shipped overseas. these are american jobs. they pay well. once you've been on the job, the average, including benefits, is about $100,000 a year. >> reporter: but these jobs are not for the faint of heart. working on the railroad is like having a job on a 140,000 mile outdoor assembly line. working here means long unpredictable hours and strenuous travel in any kind of weather. all worth it, he says, for job security. >> i'm going to be here for the next 20. >> reporter: working on the railroad all the live long day. chris bury, abc news, gary, indiana. one more note on the economy tonight. news from billionaire warren buffett. today, the annual and much anticipate ed meeting at berkshe hathaway in omaha. reassured ten, s of thousands o
shareholders he feels their err. profits doubled in the first quarter, so many americans benefiting from that as well. and from arizona. a move by governor jan brewer is making headlines. the governor signing a controversial new law. it cuts off any state taxpayer money to planned parenthood. planned parenthood says the measure will hurt 20,000 women who get preventive health care from the group. the terrifying scene that made headlines last fall. dozens of dangerous and exotic animals. tiger, black bear, monk i weeys lions. turned loose by a farm in rural zanesville, ohio. 48 of them had to be shot. now, five abandoned animals that survived are back on that farm tonight. >> reporter: the animals are settling into their old cages on that infamous zanesville farm, site of the most terrifying wild
animal escape the country's ever seen. owner marion thompson collected her exotic animals from the columbus zoo. the wildcat and the bear in these large crates. monkeys in the smaller ones. then she drove off, cameras following her every move. zoo officials could do nothing to stop her. >> they're going off to somewhere where we'll never see them again and we're concerned for their welfare. >> reporter: seven months ago, thompson's husband terry terrorized the community when he released his 56 wild animals. then killed himself. leaving lions and tigers and bears on the loose. >> there's a lion on mount perry road. >> reporter: police were forced to shoot and kill 48 of the 56 animals. jack hanna, director emeritus of the columbus zoo, called it a tragic loss of life. this week, he took to twitter. it breaks my heart, he wrote, to think these animals could be returned to the horrid conditions in which we found them. but ohio still has no law against owning wild animals.
so when marion thompson came for the survivors, officials had to hand them over. she told them she has such a close bond with the animals, one of the monkeys often sleeps with her. an affection not shared by her neighbors. >> we really didn't want the animals coming back here after the experience we had. >> reporter: for now, they have no choice. these wild neighbors are back. alex perez, abc news, chicago. >> our thanks to alex. still ahead on "world news" this saturday, the reporter fired for declaring the war was over, the germans surrendered. a surprise new ending to his own story. but first -- >> what do you want, you want the moon? just say the word. >> the moon with a real-life-starring role tonight. people really love snapshot from progressive, but don't just listen to me. listen to these happy progressive customers. i plugged in snapshot, and 30 days later, i was saving big on car insurance. i was worried it would be hard to install. but it's really easy.
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